History IdiotHero / VideoGames

6th Sep '16 1:37:37 PM Allronix
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** M1-4X of the Trooper's party is definitely heroic (well, at least a cheerful Republic patriot who approves of the Trooper living up to Republic ideals), and definitely not the sharpest vibroblade in the drawer. {{Justified}} as he's designed for combat and propaganda, not feats of intelligence. Definitely PlayedForLaughs
3rd Sep '16 11:32:21 AM Morgenthaler
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* Ladies and gentlemen, we have the reigning queen of stupidity: surprisingly enough, Spiritia Rosenberg of ''{{Rosenkreuzstilette}}''. She has quite the long list ahead of her. For starters, being an {{Expy}} of VideoGame/MegaMan, she is naive, as pointed out by her colleagues (some of them even think her naivete could be her fatal flaw) - naive enough to believe that Iris really is a kind, innocent girl who wouldn't even hurt a flea. When her friends at RKS start a war against the [[HolyRomanEmpire Holy Empire]], she does the whole "SwiperNoSwiping" deal with everyone without knowing that [[spoiler:Iris actually started the war between both factions just ForTheEvulz]] and without snooping around to get to the bottom of the madness (at least she [[RightForTheWrongReasons does what she thinks is right]]). And then there's the moment in Rosenkreuzstilette Grollschwert where Tia tries to stop Grolla from killing [[spoiler:Iris herself]] believing that she was a sweetheart. Grolla knows otherwise from her own personal experience. And, to top it all off, she is quite clumsy and is a TERRIBLE swimmer. Yes, you heard us. A TERRIBLE SWIMMER.

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* Ladies and gentlemen, we have the reigning queen of stupidity: surprisingly enough, Spiritia Rosenberg of ''{{Rosenkreuzstilette}}''.''VideoGame/{{Rosenkreuzstilette}}''. She has quite the long list ahead of her. For starters, being an {{Expy}} of VideoGame/MegaMan, she is naive, as pointed out by her colleagues (some of them even think her naivete could be her fatal flaw) - naive enough to believe that Iris really is a kind, innocent girl who wouldn't even hurt a flea. When her friends at RKS start a war against the [[HolyRomanEmpire [[UsefulNotes/HolyRomanEmpire Holy Empire]], she does the whole "SwiperNoSwiping" deal with everyone without knowing that [[spoiler:Iris actually started the war between both factions just ForTheEvulz]] and without snooping around to get to the bottom of the madness (at least she [[RightForTheWrongReasons does what she thinks is right]]). And then there's the moment in Rosenkreuzstilette Grollschwert where Tia tries to stop Grolla from killing [[spoiler:Iris herself]] believing that she was a sweetheart. Grolla knows otherwise from her own personal experience. And, to top it all off, she is quite clumsy and is a TERRIBLE swimmer. Yes, you heard us. A TERRIBLE SWIMMER.
9th Aug '16 11:45:47 PM shonengirl
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* Spinoffs aside, the only playable character from ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'' not to have some degree of this is Sakuya. Youmu would be a fairly archetypal example except she's not the main character. Reimu ''is'' the main character, but lacks most of the positive qualities associated with the trope. Marisa has the basic personality, but is actually fairly clever and knowledgeable (despite openly claiming to be stupid). And Sanae is an airhead. Including spinoffs, Cirno acts the part fairly well, but she's only good at combat relative to [[{{Mooks}} other fairies]].

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* Spinoffs aside, the only playable character from ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'' not to have some degree of this is Sakuya. Youmu would be a fairly archetypal example except she's not the main character. Reimu ''is'' the main character, but lacks most of the positive qualities associated with the trope. Marisa has the basic personality, but is actually fairly clever and knowledgeable (despite openly claiming to be stupid). And Sanae is an airhead. Including spinoffs, Cirno acts the part fairly well, well (even getting a whole memetic fansong about how stupid she is in ''Cirno's Math Class''), but she's only good at combat relative to [[{{Mooks}} other fairies]].
14th Jul '16 6:03:57 AM Morgenthaler
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* Computer technician and RedHeadedHero Lance Galahad of ''VideoGame/BrainDead13'' can be this, even in death scenes.

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* Computer technician and RedHeadedHero IdiotHero Lance Galahad of ''VideoGame/BrainDead13'' can be this, even in death scenes.
2nd Jul '16 5:30:20 AM thatmadork
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** ''Fallout'' arguably provides a {{Deconstruction}} of this trope. As stated, you will be locked out of a lot of quests and rewards as most [=NPCs=] [[DudeWheresMyRespect will treat you as a joke]]. Plus you'll probably end up screwing over a ''lot'' of people [[NiceJobBreakingItHero in your attempts to "help" them]].
12th Jun '16 3:24:48 PM cybertoy0
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* Adell from ''VideoGame/{{Disgaea 2|CursedMemories}}''. Adell is far from an idiot in most matters that don't conflict with his HonorBeforeReason out-look on life... but -- as noted by Rozalin in the page quote -- ''having'' that outlook seems practically suicidal, given that he is the only human left in a world overrun by demons. This makes him both a perfect, defining example of this trope and a subversion of it at the same time, if that makes sense. He has proven capable of providing great insight, and can solve complex Geopuzzles within seconds without even thinking too hard, which astounds his most recent friends (who thought of him as a more archetypical idiot). He even lampshades this himself a few times: it's not that he doesn't see the problems with his approach to things, it's that [[LawfulStupid his code of honor won't let him do anything other than formally challenging his enemies head-on]], so he puts those problems out of his mind and proceeds on faith. Also worth noting is that Adell is the OnlySaneMan of the game, and he knows it.

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* From ''Franchise/{{Disgaea}}'':
** From ''VideoGame/DisgaeaHourOfDarkness'', we have '''Captain Gordon, Defender of Earth!'''. He's a celebrated champion of justice who has saved the Earth and brought down many villains in his backstory. He's also something of a good-natured blowhard who's eagerness and ego tend to override forethought; When planning to escape from Laharl's enslavement, he hoped to steal the spaceship he used to enter the Netherworld, only to realize that said ship was destroyed when he and his crew crashlanded, something said crew already remembered.
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Adell from ''VideoGame/{{Disgaea 2|CursedMemories}}''. Adell is far from an idiot in most matters that don't conflict with his HonorBeforeReason out-look on life... but -- as noted by Rozalin in the page quote -- ''having'' that outlook seems practically suicidal, given that he is the only human left in a world overrun by demons. This makes him both a perfect, defining example of this trope and a subversion of it at the same time, if that makes sense. He has proven capable of providing great insight, and can solve complex Geopuzzles within seconds without even thinking too hard, which astounds his most recent friends (who thought of him as a more archetypical idiot). He even lampshades this himself a few times: it's not that he doesn't see the problems with his approach to things, it's that [[LawfulStupid his code of honor won't let him do anything other than formally challenging his enemies head-on]], so he puts those problems out of his mind and proceeds on faith. Also worth noting is that Adell is the OnlySaneMan of the game, and he knows it.


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** Valvatorez from ''VideoGame/Disgaea4APromiseUnforgotten'' acts like this; he gets obsessed over minute details, obsessed with sardines, and tends to believe almost everything he's told. In a DLC plotline detailing his first meeting with Fenrich, he's explained how he's managed to survive so long with this mindset; He's so strong he's never needed to think things through.
12th Apr '16 11:38:46 PM superkeijikun
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** In ''New Vegas'', having an extremely low Intelligence score causes your character to literally be a barely mentally functioning, unable to speak proper English ("[[FunnyMoments I is scientistic.]]") and it actually makes the game easier at some points (for instance, Arcade Gannon will join you, since he feels sorry for you). While possible in the earlier Fallout games, your character will not be able to do the majority of side quests.

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** In ''New Vegas'', having an extremely low Intelligence score causes your character to literally be a barely mentally functioning, unable to speak proper English ("[[FunnyMoments I is scientistic.]]") and it actually makes the game easier at some points (for instance, Arcade Gannon will join you, since he feels sorry for you). While possible in the earlier Fallout games, your character will not be able to do the majority of side quests.
12th Apr '16 11:38:10 PM superkeijikun
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* ''VideoGame/{{Fallout|1}}'' and ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 2}}'' were filled with conversation options to allow for the player to be the Idiot Hero, and you can even lower your [=INT=] below 4 and have your character be mentally retarded. While ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}'' didn't have this option, ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'' writes it back in (possibly owing to the fact its developers include Black Isle refugees and thus are fond of making throwbacks to the first two games), albeit in a somewhat more limited degree than its predecessors.
** In ''New Vegas'', having an extremely low Intelligence score causes your character to literally be a barely functioning retard, unable to speak proper English ("[[FunnyMoments I is scientistic.]]") and it actually makes the game easier at some points (for instance, Arcade Gannon will join you, since he feels sorry for you). While possible in the earlier Fallout games, your character will not be able to do the majority of side quests.

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* ''VideoGame/{{Fallout|1}}'' and ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 2}}'' were filled with conversation options to allow for the player to be the Idiot Hero, and you can even lower your [=INT=] below 4 and have your character be mentally retarded.stunted. While ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}'' didn't have this option, ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'' writes it back in (possibly owing to the fact its developers include Black Isle refugees and thus are fond of making throwbacks to the first two games), albeit in a somewhat more limited degree than its predecessors.
** In ''New Vegas'', having an extremely low Intelligence score causes your character to literally be a barely functioning retard, mentally functioning, unable to speak proper English ("[[FunnyMoments I is scientistic.]]") and it actually makes the game easier at some points (for instance, Arcade Gannon will join you, since he feels sorry for you). While possible in the earlier Fallout games, your character will not be able to do the majority of side quests.
30th Jan '16 3:00:57 PM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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** The hero of the sequel, Avan, takes this to UpToEleven levels in that he scored a ''negative ten'' on his last exam, according to his backstory. In fact, he's so stupid, some fans have begun theorizing that he's batshit insane.

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** The hero of the sequel, Avan, ''Anime/ValkyriaChroniclesII'', Avan Hardins, takes this to UpToEleven levels in that he scored a ''negative ten'' on his last exam, according to his backstory. In fact, he's so stupid, some fans have begun theorizing that he's batshit insane. It's worth noting that he's the only example of this among the franchise's main heroes, with the others being highly capable tacticians.
8th Jan '16 12:49:45 PM Willbyr
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* There are idiot heroes, and then there is Ethan Kairos of ''TimeHollow''. When his friend Morris tells him of a book about parallel universes that might greatly inform his current predicament, Ethan thinks about it for a moment - then decides he can't be bothered to retrieve it from their clubhouse and wants to go to a nearby antique shop instead. He routinely, [[StupidityIsTheOnlyOption stubbornly refuses]] to acknowledge the blindingly obvious and just as often fails to do ''anything'' to follow the leads that are actively handed to him. He's also a bit of an unlikable prick.

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* There are idiot heroes, and then there is Ethan Kairos of ''TimeHollow''.''VisualNovel/TimeHollow''. When his friend Morris tells him of a book about parallel universes that might greatly inform his current predicament, Ethan thinks about it for a moment - then decides he can't be bothered to retrieve it from their clubhouse and wants to go to a nearby antique shop instead. He routinely, [[StupidityIsTheOnlyOption stubbornly refuses]] to acknowledge the blindingly obvious and just as often fails to do ''anything'' to follow the leads that are actively handed to him. He's also a bit of an unlikable prick.
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